Red-browed Finch

Neochmia temporalis

Red-browed Finches are the most common native finches seen in and around Canberra. They prefer wetter, thicker and greener habitat than other finches and like to have some dense cover. They will sometimes feed on lawns, provided the grass is seeding, and will also feed in the canopy of seeding casuarinas, which is unusual for a finch.

There are more sightings in winter than in summer, probably because the birds move into more forested areas for breeding. During the first half of the survey numbers slowly increased, with a peak in 1994, but are now decreasing. R=55. BR=44.